I’m sitting in a service station, 14 Japanese teenage tourists are playing on a teddy picker screaming like Wayne Rooney had just walked into their dorm naked with a £200 pack of fags in his hand. Quite bizarre, quite irritating…
Anyway! Not as irritating as the disgrace that offended my eyes last night. Watching a Jose Mourinho set up with no strikers was amusing, watching him try and suck the joy out of the Bernebeu was not quite so amusing. Madrid have a heritage that is completely disrespected when he plays like that. If I was their President and I was paying out a £180million wage bill to watch that, I’d be pretty damn miffed. Ok, we all like to win, but jeez… it’s not like he’s working on a Stoke budget here!
The Spanish teams totally shamed themselves last night. The standard cheating that comes as part of the package in La Liga was on show for all to see. Sure, they might be more technically gifted than some of our mid table teams but they still have to cheat to gain an advantage. There is nothing more vulgar than watching grown men feign injury. There is nothing more cringe making than watching professionals roll about on the floor like they’ve just been slammed in the head with a bar stool.
For the honest man, there is nothing more boring than La Liga.
The World Cup Final was tarnished in the same way. European teams have no honour and I hate to watch it. The very fact that fans of other clubs are still highlighting Bobby P’s dive against Portsmouth when we were at Highbury tells you how good we have it over here. If that were two Premiership teams out there last night, there would have been uproar in our papers and possibly a UEFA inquest. Football in our League is about integrity, the fans don’t pay to see people out cheat each other. Sure it happens, it does in many sports, but it doesn’t often happen in such shameless fashion.
Last night over shadowed another great night from possibly the most amazing footballer who has ever graced the planet. This morning it’ll all be about Mourinho highlighting the conspiracy of UEFA. He paints a compelling case, it is amazing how many decisions go Barcelona’s way… we know first hand the power of the Camp Nou after watching Robin take a red card for a ridiculous decision. However, as a professional manager of one of the worlds most prestigious clubs, comments like that are outrageous and bring the game into total disrepute.
He should be banned for a long time for his statements… he’s out of control and his comments left a taste more disgusting than the one I had for the football match itself.
In other news, Fulham spanked Bolton 3-0 at home. Marvelous, Stoke turn them over 5-0 the week before us, then relegation fodder Fulham beat them the week after. We really need to address our play. We should be tanking teams like Bolton especially when there is so much riding on the match.
According to Youngguns website, Thomas Vermaelen could be pencilled in for a reserve team outing against United. If that goes well, we might just see a return to action in some capacity before the end of the season. We’ve kept you posted about his injury as best we can, the truth is, no one at the club has had a clue about his return for a while. I’m a bit sceptical about him coming back, I’d rather he was just taken out altogether and given a proper preseason. Wheeling him out in one of the final games would just be a nice PR stunt that would give Arsenal fans the assurance we don’t need another defender. We don’t know how he’s going to react to 5 games, this could be recurring just like it was for Rosicky. We need to go out and sign a quality centre back who can compete next season from the start.
I’d also like to pre-warn all of you about the traditional end of season tactics Arsene uses to convince us only one or two super signings are needed. If we’re out the hunt after Sunday, he’ll use the remaining games to play some of the exciting kids we have coming through, the average age of the team will fall to fourteen and a half, we’ll win our games and all of a sudden, we won’t need to worry about signing new players because we’ll have a crop that could possibly dominate world football next season.
Don’t fall for it… it’s the oldest trick in the ‘I believe in my squad’ handbook.
We have Manchester United coming up on Sunday. I’m not really sure what to expect. On paper, we have what it takes to turn them over, in the players heads… well, who knows what goes on there! I’d love to think the players are really motivated to at least upset United’s run for the Premiership, I’m just not sure they are. I’d guess many of them are more interested in their holidays, or setting up a twitter account like Abou Diaby did yesterday.
Still, at least Eboue has been wheeled out to speak the press. Nothing quite like a rousing piece in the Independent to stir all the Arsenal fans and players into believing again! Honestly, I do wonder what the PR department at Arsenal are thinking about letting our worst fringe players loose on the press? Why can’t we have Robin or Cesc in the press rallying the troops? Why is it always Nik B, Eboue or Denilson?
The Daily Mail have an interesting story about Pat Rice retiring at the end of the season due to a chronic knee injury. A story I have to say is about as believable as an Almunia wrist injury! Dear oh dear… what will they think of next?
Anyway, that’s your lot for today, see you in the comments!
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